Glowpoint allies with Equinix for managed video services; lack of competition keeps broadband prices high

> Glowpoint on Tuesday signed an alliance agreement with Equinix to offer carriers direct access to Glowpoint's managed video services via the Equinix Carrier Ethernet Exchange. News release.

> Telecom industry veteran Michael D. Capellas is slated to keynote the Venture Atlanta Conference scheduled for Oct. 12-13. News release.

> Interoute, owner/operator of Europe's largest next generation network, will use Ciena Specialist Services for its end to end managed field services. News release.

> Smithville Digital, a family owned technology company serving southern Indiana, will use Mariner's xVu solution to manage the customer experience for its SmithvilleTV service. News release.

> As Verizon prepares to issue a next-generation PON RFP (request for proposal) next month, Light Reading wonders whether WDM-PON--which hasn't been ruled out--isn't a long shot due to its cost. Story.

> The Yellow Pages is getting all hip and internet-y, says a Brandweek story, as AT&T rebrands the online version as YP.com this week. Story.

> Level 3 Communications is planning to raise a $175 million debt offering later this month. Story.

And finally... despite the broadband's "explosive growth," DSL Reports says, a lack of competition--most U.S. Internet users have only one or two broadband choices--and the efforts of lobbyists for ISPs to keep regulations in their favor are both factors in keeping broadband prices high. Story.

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